Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid under your skin. The body’s lymphatic system, when working normally, acts like a waste removal system, eliminating this fluid. This system also helps to fight infection. When your lymphatic system is disrupted, fluid can “back up,” causing swelling in the arms, legs, head, neck, or trunk.
Lymphedema is common in cancer patients following surgeries that involve lymph node removal and radiation treatments. It may also result from a surgical procedure or inherited condition or occur as a long-term complication of another disease process.
Our trained Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLT) will provide you with one-on-one treatment sessions to help manage your lymphedema. You will learn:
- Instructions regarding skin care, infection control, and safe exercises
- Lymphatic drainage techniques to move extra lymph fluid out of the swollen area
- Methods for bandaging the swollen area to help reduce the buildup of lymph fluid
- Recommendations for long term compression garment use
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